July   2012      ISSUE 49


ELS-XIV: First Announcement


We are pleased to announce the 14th International Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering which will take place 17-21 June 2013 in Lille, France.

The scientific scope of this conference along with relevant background information can be

found on-line at http://www-loa.univ-lille1.fr/ELS-XIV

This web site will be updated as the various aspects of the conference become definitive. The announcement of the deadlines, abstract formats, travel grant application forms, etc. are to be posted in early September.




Oleg Dubovik & Laurent Labonnote

ELS-XIV Conveners

Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique

CNRS, Universite Lille-1

Bat P5 Cite scientifique

59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq CEDEX



Congratulations JQSRT!

Owing to great efforts of JQSRT authors and reviewers, the 2011 Impact Factor of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer is 3.193, up from 2.331 in 2010. This dramatic increase puts JQSRT ahead of many elite journals. Please see the comparison of IFs of several related journals at



Special Issue of JQSRT on Concepts in Electromagnetic Scattering for Particulate-Systems Characterization

The inspiration for this issue is a recent topical workshop of the same name that was held in Memphis, Tennessee in May 2012 (https://sites.google.com/site/emscattering/home/news ). During this workshop, cutting-edge research in both theoretical and experimental contexts were discussed that are aimed at the study of small particles, and systems of particles, using various techniques in electromagnetic scattering. The special issue will provide a venue for the workshop participants and the general scattering community to report work related to this specific topic. We are soliciting articles on new research focused on the acquisition of information such as particle size, morphology, and chemical composition, from the interaction of electromagnetic fields with systems of particles.Examples would include but are not limited to:

- Polarimetry

- Scattering pattern interpretation

- Fluorescence

- Measurement principles and techniques

- Fundamental modeling of single and multi-particle scattering

By assembling articles on this focused topic we hope that a community-wide sense will emerge for what avenues of research are best to pursue in the future in order to advance the capability of electromagnetic scattering as an investigative technique. Articles submitted to the special issue will be peer reviewed and must follow the standards of ordinary JQSRT submissions. Information regarding the preparation, style, and submission of articles is provided online by Elsevier Editorial System (EES) located at http://ees.elsevier.com/jqsrt/. We expect that the EES site will be open for submission of your article beginning in early September and we will provide further information soon regarding the submission procedure. The deadline for submission will be October 31, 2012. We kindly request that you notify Matthew Berg (mberg81@gmail.com) at your earliest convenience if you plan to submit an article. Lastly, please feel free to contact either of us with any questions you may have.


Matthew J. Berg and Gorden Videen

Guest Editors, JQSRT Special Issue


Special issue of JQSRT dedicated to Peter Waterman

Peter Waterman (1928 - 2012) is the creator of the T-matrix method and one of the pioneers of the theory of multiple scattering of electromagnetic and acoustic waves by multiparticle systems. To commemorate his landmark contributions to science and his profound and lasting impact on JQSRT, we solicit papers for a special issue of JQSRT titled Peter C. Waterman and his scientific legacy.

This special issue will contain original scientific papers as well as comprehensive reviews. All contributions will be peer-reviewed according to standard JQSRT procedures. We especially encourage theoretical and applied papers related to or based on the T-matrix method and its computer implementations as well as papers on the theory of multiple scattering of waves and its applications. Papers analyzing various aspects of the T-matrix method and its relation to other theoretical methodologies are welcome.

For more details see http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mmishchenko/Waterman_Announcement.pdf


New Book:  The Mie Theory: Basics and Applications

Series: Springer Series in Optical Sciences, Vol. 169 Hergert, Wolfram; Wriedt, Thomas (Eds.)

2012, XIV, 259 p. 78 illus., 56 in color.

http://www.springer.com/physics/atomic%2C+molecular%2C+optical+%26+plasma+physics/book/978-3-642-28737-4  [www.springer.com]

This book presents in a concise way the Mie theory and its current applications. It begins with an overview of current theories, computational methods, experimental techniques, and applications of optics of small particles. There is also some biographic information on Gustav Mie, who published his famous paper on the color of Gold colloids in 1908.